SOS Professor Stefano Giovacchini has recently launched his project Arya.
Arya is a disposable mask, made with a special filtering material composed of cellulose and cotton, completely compostable.
Easy to use and light, Arya has an ergonomics similar to traditional facial masks but can be easily disposed of, and if mistakenly thrown into the environment it does no harm since it is bio-compostable.
Its design is inspired by ancient Japanese origami, and gives a single sheet of paper the ability to adapt to the chin and nose, transforming it into a contemporary object. A series of die-cuts allows both a child and an adult to wear it correctly.
The material of which it is made, a cellulose and cotton based filter compound used in various food processes, already possesses harmlessness and hypoallergenic certifications, and will soon get the validation for bacterial filtering.
The production takes place through a simple die-cutting process, which potentially can involve the many printing companies present in any territory for an immediate response to the large number of face masks that arise during health emergencies.
Although Arya is not suitable for hospital or care use, it effectively responds to the need for protection of the population in an effective and sustainable way.
Further information on the project here